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A loud popping sound when I get on my brakes.

When I drive my 1997 sunfire in the morning, I get a loud popping sound when I first get on my brakes. After that it does not pop anymore. It only does it when it sit for a while. Help Me.

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  • gerry bissi May 11, 2010

    do you get the popping sound when the car first moves and your foot is off the brake?


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Hi Megan,

I appreciate you adding me to your list of contacts and asking me to help you with your problem.

However, I don't know if I can be much help from here. Noises can be very difficult to diagnose when you actually have the vehicle in front of you. All I can tell you for sure is that the noise you are hearing is not normal and if it happens only when you apply the brakes, then it is most definately brake-related. I have had some vehicles making noised as you described because of broken brake hardware. I have had some with similar customer complaints that have had loose or missing caliper mounting pins. Then I have had some that the problem was not the brakes at all, but rather lower control arm bushings that were coming apart and applying the brake was making the entire front suspension shift and make a loud popping noise.
My professional advice is to take it by a professional auto repair shop and have one of the technicians drive the vehicle. They may be able to give you some idea of what is going on just by hearing and/or "feeling" the noise themseves. Then again, they may tell you that the wheels need to be removed for a full brake and suspension inspection before they can tell you anything.

I wish I had a more "cut-and-dry" answer for you, but I am afraid that is pretty much impossible at this point.

Good luck,

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97 pontiac sunfire

Sure sounds like the engine has a failed bearing, most likely a rod bearing, the engine will need to be pulled out and repaired or replaced depending on how much damage you have done driving it.

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